After a week of wins, and victories in five-of-six, the Islanders finally lost their 34th regulation game of the year, which was enough to put an official end to any playoff hopes. The blow came via the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, who looked the part during the third period. The teams traded goals during the first two periods but it would be an ugly third period where the Bruins scored four times — almost at will during some points — to take a 6-3 win and put them one step closer to a Northeast Division title.
Specifically, the line of Brad Marchard, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron wreaked havoc in the Islanders’ zone in the third. That trio was responsible for the first three of four third period Bruins goals, a couple of which were slam dunks past Al Montoya, who has struggled lately and is being asked to close out the season in the wake of Evgeni Nabokov’s injury.
For the Islanders, the first line got going again and specifically PA Parenteau continued his stellar season (insert cash register sound here). Parenteau added two goals today, both assisted by John Tavares and Matt Moulson. The third goal came from Kyle Okposo who continued to pad a career-high goal total.
The Islanders are back in action tomorrow against the Panthers at 3pm at the Coliseum. Prior to the game, Charles Wang will be interviewed on MSG during the pre-game show (full video of that on the blog as soon as we can get our hands on it).
Your highlight of the day; Micheal Haley’s bout with
Colin Campbell’s son Boston’s Gregory Campbell.